Chesterfield have today announced the appointment of Jack Lester as their new manager.
Lester, who was a legendary player for the Spireites, scoring 94 goals during a six-year spell at the club, said: “I am really proud to have been given this opportunity and I’m aiming to build something special."
Chesterfield director & company secretary Ashley Carson explained the thinking behind the decision to appoint Lester. He said: “I spoke to a number of people who expressed interest in the job and it soon became clear that Jack was the outstanding candidate.
"Jack has impressed at the start of his coaching career as part of Nottingham Forest’s highly respected academy set-up and he now feels ready to take on the challenge of a managerial role. He has the hunger and desire to succeed in management and he has set out his vision for the future of the club.
"As someone who already has the respect of the fans from his time as a player at the club, I am sure that Jack will receive all the backing he needs from the supporters as he embarks on his managerial career. Jack’s return will hopefully herald the start of an upturn in the fortunes of the club.”
Club owner Dave Allen added: “I am delighted to hear about the appointment of Jack Lester. I think it’s an excellent decision and I feel sure that his infectious enthusiasm, along with his attention to detail and experience in the game, will help to lift the club out of its present position.”
Lester, 41, returned to his former club Forest three years ago to coach their U18 side. After leading the youngsters to the Professional Development League title, he stepped up to take charge of the U23s at the start of last season.
Lester will be assisted by Nicky Eaden, who has held a number of coaching/assistant-manager positions. He has latterly been senior development coach at Coventry City.